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1  Alice in Wonderland for the Club Scene in Halloween Costumes by danigirl on: November 04, 2008 07:49:01 PM
My friends and I went out Friday night as Alice in Wonderland characters - The Mad Hatter, the (blue) Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, and Alice, of course.

I made my Alice costume - tutu, circle skirt, apron, armbands, neckband, headband (tanktop and knee highs were store-bought).

I altered my old homecoming dress and a silky black button-up for the Queen of Hearts outfit.  The dress started as a long slinky tube dress.  I just ruched/gathered/pleated the bottom of the dress on the sides and right in the middle of the front and back.  It draped in these amazing old-timey curtain loops. Wish I had a better picture...

The Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat each made their own outfits!

Sorry I don't have better shots of the whole outfits or anything "in process".  I still wish we had a white rabbit but maybe next year :-D  What do you think? 
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2  Project Runway Online Challenge Submission in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by danigirl on: July 23, 2008 01:26:02 PM
I'm super happy the new season of Project Runway has started!  Every Wednesday a group of my friends come over to watch PR.  We theme the food (and drinks) around whatever the episode theme is.  Anyways...that's off topic...

Bravo has started PR Online Challenges where you submit designs according to the challenge of that week's episode.  The Challenge for episode 1 was to create an outfit from "unconventional materials" (since they used grocery store items for the show). 

Here's what I came up with:

It's made from:
1 thrift store lamp shade
2 paper chinese lanterns
silk cherry blossoms
raffia ribbon
(and glue)

Also made a matching purse and fan. 

The fan was supposed to be a head ornament but I couldn't figure out a way to make it stay up on my head...

Here are some more pics:

(To see all the pics go to my web album http://picasaweb.google.com/dreamingdewlusions/ProjectRunwayOnlineChallenge).

Let me know what you think!! I had such a fun time coming up with the idea and watching it all come together :-D

Have fun watching PR tonight!
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3  I was so excited about my first infinity dress... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by danigirl on: May 26, 2008 12:23:50 PM
I just had to try it again!  I finished an infinity dress earlier this morning made from a heavy pink stretch material.  I found some very lightweight purple tee shirt material hiding in my stash and decided to give it another go...

unfortunately i didn't have enough fabric to make it as long as i would have liked but it made me be creative and figure out different ways to tie it.

Tucked into my shorts, straps tied with scraps of fabric:

Skirt with bow:


High waisted skirt:

V-neck Dress:

My favorite is the tanktop tucked into my shorts but it's also the hardest to get to look right

Any suggestions for other ways to tie it?  It's too short to pull up for the halter styles and too long to wear as a shirt...but other skirt ideas or ideas to layer it over shirts would be helpful. Thanks!!
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4  Pink Infinity Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by danigirl on: May 26, 2008 10:19:39 AM
This is my first project with my new serger!!  Took me a while to get all the settings right but I did it Smiley 

I followed this tutorial for the dress: http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html
and this tutorial for the circle skirt measurements: http://www.whatthecraft.com/tuts/circ.htm 

My friends and I are gonna pretend we're tourists today and take the double decker bus around DC (even though we all live here...haha).  This will be the perfect dress to wear!

This is my favorite way to tie it just because of the way the back looks.

The fabric is a really thick 4-way stretch material I had in my stash. The color's not quite right in this photo but it gives you a better idea of the texture. 

The edges are all raw at the moment...but I may finish them with a rolled hem if I can ever figure out how to get my serger to do that...

Let me know what you all think! Criticism is welcome as I'm always looking for ways to improve.   Happy Memorial Day!!!
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5  Elvis plate - wall art in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by danigirl on: December 04, 2007 05:50:47 PM
This will be a Christmas present for my Elvis-obsessed grandmother.  Just started with a clear glass plate, good old modpodge, and some sweet cotton elvis fabric.
And ended up with this:

SUPER EASY project!! Will probably make some more of these with different themes for other relatives and friends.
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6  Brown and Pink Silky Dress - Simplicity 3867 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by danigirl on: November 14, 2007 08:42:21 PM
I made this dress for a wedding I went to this past Sunday. I used Simplicity 3867.

front (before hemming)

back (before hemming)

close up of ties and skirt pleating

The fabric is from months ago when the Hancock Fabric near me was closing. I've just been waiting for the perfect thing to make from it.

i ran out of time and hemmed it the morning of the wedding with fusible hem tape. it was my first time using hem tape and i was pretty impressed with how easy and well it worked. i will probably redo the hem and stitch it just because i'm not sure how it will wash - but perfect to make an outfit wearable immediately!

Even after taking the skirt in 2 inches, it was still a little big on me. so next time i'll learn not to trust the measurements on the package and make it a size (or two) smaller. Anyone else run into this sizing issue with Simplicity patterns??

action shot from the wedding

I'm quite happy with the way it turned out :-D What do you all think? Good pattern to use again?
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7  Leave The Plastic To Barbie in CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES by danigirl on: August 05, 2007 08:58:38 PM
I had every intention of not procrastinating on this one...but here i am posting at midnight...:-P

Anyways, I started with an old khaki skirt and some random fabric remnants (including some super 80's heart fabric).

I used the waistband from the skirt for the handles. I reattached the belt loops to give myself a place to keep my keys. Also has a pocket to hold my wallet, ipod, coupons, grocery list, etc. made from blue netting and bias tape.

it holds lots of goodies and is strong enough for a bag full of cans.

I chose the 80's fabric to match the Barbie theme.

Close up of the stenciling. btw, this is my first attempt at stencilling. i tried the freezer paper method i've read about on craftster...totally did not work for me...oh well i did the best i could with it...maybe it'll go better next time.

Once I find my old Barbie collection, I'm gonna make a matching keychain out of barbie shoes, hats, boots, etc. (i'll post it when i do make it)
So i found my old Barbie stuff! I made a pin out of a little bag.

And a keychain of mismatched Barbie shoes

they add a little color to the bag

Lemme know what you think!

(sorry bout the pics guys! should be fixed now)
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8  TUTORIAL: Turtleneck to poofy sleeved shirt (LOTS O'PICS) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by danigirl on: July 19, 2007 08:13:16 PM
I recently posted some recons (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182391.msg1898017#msg1898017) and had a request for a tutorial...so here it is. Sorry i don't have photos of everthing. I can try to add some drawings if things aren't clear enough. Didn't expect to make a tute.

1. Start with a turtleneck (or other long-sleeved shirt)


2. Seam-rip (or neatly cut) the sleeves and neck off the main part of the shirt.

3. Turn the body of the shirt inside out and mark where you want the 2 seams on the front.
   I basically centered mine over my boobs and extended the seam all the way to the top and down to the bottom.
   I marked where i wanted the center of the seam to be with one pin and how wide i needed the seam to be with another at each point.
   I then marked the 2nd seam by measuring the first at each point so they would be symmetric.

4. Remove the shirt and pinch along pins marking center of seam. Put the pin marking the width through both layers of fabric to pin in place.

5. Sew both seams (shirt is still inside out). You'll end up with something like this.
   My seams vary in width to make the shirt fit just right.

6. Repeat the same process for the back. Mark the seams. Sew them.
   The back seams will be more uniform than the front (due to those lovely lady lumps on the front :-P )

7. Continue the side seam of the shirt up a bit to make the armholes a little smaller.

8. Cut the sleeves about 4 or 5 inches from the top.  Baste (sew large stitches) along both edges of each sleeve. Don't baste around the whole sleeve, just the half that will fall along your shoulder and the outside of your arm.
   Leave long thread at beginning and end of stitches.

10. Cut remaining part of sleeve about 4 or 5 inches from the bottom. Use the original hem of the sleeve as the hem of the new sleeve.

11. Place bottom half of sleeve (inside out) over top half of sleeve (right side out), lining up raw edges.
   Pull strings on bottom of the top sleeve until it's the same size as the opening on the bottom sleeve.
   Sew all the way around sleeve. Turn entire sleeve right side out.

12. Place the sleeve (right side out) inside the shirt (still inside out). Pull strings on top of sleeve to gather fabric until it's the same size as the armhole opening.
    Sew all the way around arm hole. Repeat for other sleeve.
This is what the final sleeve should look like

13. Turn shirt inside out and mark where you want the neckline. (I put mine on to mark it.) Fold front of shirt in half (vertically) to cut the neckline to make sure it's symmetric.
    Cut back of neckline in the same way (by folding in half).

14. baste along center of the front neckline. Pull on strings to gather.

15. Cut 2 inch strips (from left over pieces of sleeves) of fabric to edge the neckline.
    Connect enough of the strips (only took me two) to reach all the way around the neckline.
    Pin the strips(right sides of fabrics facing each other).
    Sew all the way around neckline. Overlap final edge (no need to finish this little tiny edge - knit won't fray)

16. Fold strip to the inside of neckline. Pin and iron in place.
    Top stitch right in that seam that you just created by attaching the binding. Make sure the binding is getting caught in this top stich on the inside. If you're patient you make this top stitching seam virtually invisible.

Finished Product

And you're done. Wow....that was a lot longer than i thought it was gonna be...Hope it's helpful!

Let me know if you have any questions or need clarification.

Happy sewing :-D
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9  First tries at recons - 2 dresses, 1 sweater, 1 shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by danigirl on: July 10, 2007 07:50:39 PM
So after browsing these forums for the last 6 months or so...I am finally posting.

I've been sewing since I was 7 or 8 thanks to my mom, but I'm just now realizing the potential of reconstructing my current closet and cheap thrift store finds.

I started with 2 silky old lady shirts from the thrift store

and ended up with this fun halter dress

I'm thinking of shortening the purple section in the middle...whaddya think??

Next was a frumpy tee shirt material dress (sorry for the lousy photo)

After a bit of gathering, bunching, sewing...resewing...resewing again...I made a bubble dress! (not very flattering from the rear unfortunately but super comfy)

Got 2 (a pink and a green) long sleeved zip-up sweaters at JCPenney on super clearance. The sleeves were really itchy so i chopped them off...

This is what became of the green one.

Trying to think of something a little different to do with the pink one still....any suggestions??

And the last recon and my personal favorite
Started with a $1 turtleneck (I just loved the print!)

I shortened the sleeves to 3/4, puffed the sleeves at the shoulder and in the middle, gathered the neckline, and gave it 2 seams down the front and down the back.

i love how the neckline turned out...too bad it was somewhat of an accident.

So that's it for now. Thanks so much for looking. Any comments, criticism, suggestions are more than welcome!!

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